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Interior communities support seniors with age-friendly grants

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Interior communities support seniors with age-friendly grants

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2018 age-friendly community planning and project grant recipients

Cache Creek

Project: Seniors housing needs assessment

Amount: $15,000

Details: Building on its 2017 age-friendly community assessment, the village hopes to gain a better understanding of existing seniors housing conditions in Cache Creek to enable aging in place. Community engagement, including surveys and focus groups, and a community existing housing profile will help determine the existing conditions and need for seniors’ housing.

Castlegar

Project: Age-friendly assessment and action plan

Amount: $25,000

Details: An age-friendly assessment and action plan will be developed in collaboration with older adults, caregivers, service providers and Interior Health staff to determine gaps in services and supports, and lead discussions on how to implement change. The plan is community driven by an existing age-friendly advisory team, currently working with seniors’ events in Castlegar and the Regional District of Central Kootenay.

Columbia-Shuswap Regional District 

Project: Helping seniors access nutritious and safe food

Amount: $15,000

Details: Developing a sustainable nutrition program and resources to help seniors access safe, healthy food is the goal of this project. It will include seasonal workshops offered by dietitians, farmers, chefs and food outlet owners on how to access affordable, quality food; identify effective and economical ways to prepare food; and select the foods that will help to prevent chronic diseases.

Cranbook

Project: Age-friendly assessment program

Amount: $18,193

Details: Cranbrook’s Age-friendly Advisory Committee will serve as the age-friendly champion for the community by developing a vision, gathering momentum for change and encouraging action. Surveys, public consultations and collaborations with other regional age-friendly committees will assist in the development of an action plan that prioritizes the needs of older adults in the community.

Kaslo

Project: Advocating for vulnerable seniors

Amount: $15,000

Details: This project will help vulnerable seniors identify and pursue services and financial supports, with the help of a community outreach and support workers. Examples include social benefits, legal aid, disability, health, housing and pension needs. The project builds on Kaslo’s 2015 recognition as an age-friendly community.

Lillooet

Project: Seniors housing strategy and age-friendly community action plan

Amount: $25,000

Details: Lillooet will partner with seniors and St’át’imc Elders to conduct community forums, workshops and surveys to develop an age-friendly needs assessment and action plan to inform the district’s official community plan, bylaws, policies and its seniors housing strategy. The committee will also engage with those who assist older adults who cannot attend public gatherings, and staff of Interior Health and the First Nations Health Authority.

Lytton

Project: Age-friendly seniors housing project

Amount: $14,860

Details: The Village of Lytton’s Age-friendly Seniors Housing Committee wants to enable seniors and elders to remain in the community and close to their families, as it believes aging in place is critical for the continued health and well-being of older adults. This project is focused on identifying preferred options for seniors’ housing requirements, driven by community input, values and knowledge.

Montrose 

Project: Age-friendly assessment and action plan

Amount: $24,898

Details: A task force of seniors’ representatives and service providers will engage with residents throughout the assessment and development of an age-friendly action plan. A workshop, including task force members from neighbouring communities (Rossland and Trail), that are also undergoing age-friendly assessments, will identify areas for collaboration and resolve overlap.

Nelson

Project: Age-friendly Nelson: implementing the action plan

Amount: $15,000

Details: This implementation of Nelson’s age-friendly action plan, completed in 2017, will address systemic issues that affect older adults. This includes applying an age-friendly lens to the city’s Active Transportation Plan; addressing priority issues like snow removal to aid those in scooters and wheelchairs; and supporting Nelson CARES Society in developing a transportation system to improve seniors’ access to health and community supports, including trips for social and recreational outings to reduce social isolation.

 

Osoyoos

Project: Age-friendly community plan

Amount: $19,875

Details: Osoyoos has a very high seniors’ population, and will engage with them through surveys and open houses to develop its age-friendly community action plan. With a goal to help seniors live life actively and free from barriers, the project will also work with municipal staff and Interior Health to address issues related to transportation, affordable housing, social inclusion and health services.

Penticton

Project: Fit Start program

Amount: $15,000

Details: Encouraging older adults to become and stay active is an important public-health priority for the retirement community of Penticton. This program will offer flexibility exercises, aerobic conditioning, strength training and an educational component on lifestyle changes and arthritis disease management.

Rossland

Project: Age-friendly assessment and action plan

Amount: $24,989

Details: The community of Rossland will be engaged in the age-friendly assessment and action planning through questionnaires, in-person conversations, and making connections at existing community and stakeholder events. A workshop including task force members from neighbouring communities (Montrose and Trail), that are also undergoing age-friendly assessments, will identify areas for collaboration and resolve overlap.

Salmo

Project: Seniors quality of life

Amount: $15,000

Details: With an overall goal of improving the quality of life for older adults in the community, the Village of Salmo is improving transportation options with a scooter rodeo, to address mobility and safety, and expand its volunteer driving program. Other activities include enhancing existing social opportunities, securing an outreach coordinator to train and support seniors using their new website and hosting elder abuse prevention workshops. The project builds on Salmo’s 2017 recognition as an age-friendly community.

Trail

Project: Age-friendly assessment and action plan

Amount: $24,898

Details: Trail’s age-friendly assessment and action plan project will identify strategic priorities and establish concrete actions for making Trail an age-friendly community. A workshop including task force members from neighbouring communities (Montrose and Rossland), that are also undergoing age-friendly assessments, will identify areas for collaboration and resolve overlap.

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